One Dead, Seven Hospitalized In Freak LA Lightning Strike

A 20-year-old man has died and seven others were hospitalized when lightning struck Venice Beach in Los Angeles on Sunday, KTLA reports.

All eight patients were hospitalized after the lightning hit near Ocean Front Walk, which faces the Pacific Ocean, around 2:15 p.m., according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Katherine Main.

One victim was in grave condition and another was critical, she said. The other victims, including a 15-year-old, were in fair condition.

Emergency officials said earlier that as many as nine people might have been hurt.

The National Weather Service had predicted a chance of thunderstorms in the area on Sunday.

Lightning injuries or fatalities can occur during a direct strike or after a current is passed through the ground or jumps from a taller object, like a tree, according to theNational Weather Service.

Symptoms can range from cardiac arrest and injury to the nervous system to muscle soreness, headache, and confusion.

(Reporting by Victoria Cavaliere in Seattle; Editing by Scott Malone, Diane Craft and Sandra Maler)

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